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with their money. thank you for joining us. >>> last night house speaker john boehner -- also, he's not backing off his stand on tax hikes. >> raising taxes on small business people is the wrong prescription given where our economy is. >> is it on the table to talk about? >> i made clear yesterday that raising tax rates is unacceptable and frankly it couldn't even pass the house. >> at issue here is this perfect economic storm that could have serious consequences. nbc's andrea mitchell breaks it dun for you. >> reporter: the campaign was tough. victory is sweet. now comes the hard part. >> on january 1st, 2013, there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: so what exactly is the fiscal cliff? it's night mare combination of tax hikes and spending cuts the president agreed to to force themselves into a compromise. so far, they haven't agreed on anything. so barring a last-minute fix at the stroke of midnight on new year's eve, the bush tax cuts expeer. the alternative minimum tax kicks in. more than half of all married couples with
things. those are waiting for you now. we are here for you. you can do this. report back and let us know how it went. that does it for us tonight. have a great thanksgiving. we'll see you monday. and repor and let us know how it went. that's it for us. first look is next. >>> this thanksgiving morning, first look, secretary clinton is on her way home after working out a cease-fire in the middle east. will it hold. >>> a new report on general petraeus. we have details. >> we are a few hours away from macy's thanksgiving parade on nbc. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> the streets are clear this morning after the cease-fire went into effect. thousands went into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. martin fletcher fletcher joins us from tel aviv, israel with the details. martin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. it's all quiet. a couple of sirens went off but no rockets have been fired. so far the cease fire is holding about 14 hours after it went into effect at 9:00 local time last night. there were great celebrations in gaza last night, as you mention
is on for the two big ticket holders whose lives are about to change forever. but for the rest of us, it is another day facing the fiscal cliff. negotiators are going to talk about specific proposaals for both sides to avoid that fiscal cliff. tracy pots joins us from washington with all the details. good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. a number of high level but individual meetings scheduled here today on capitol hill with really just a handful of lawmakers who could have a big impact on your paycheck. tim giter in and rob neighbors bring the deficit cutting plan to capitol hill today. >> reporter: negotiators are meeting with boehner and top democrats. they heard the plan wednesday at the white house. at least one thinks there could be a deal here. >> if i were involved in the negotiations like this and everybody was purporting to be where they are, i would say that an agreement is reachable. >> i'm hopeful. it wouldn't put me anywhere near optimistic. >> reporter: one conservative is suggesting that while negotiations continue, congress should stop tax rates going up on the middle cla
is braving the elements for us this morning. katherine? >> reporter: good morning from staten island, already hard hit by sandy. everyone is dealing with these piles of debris, a huge mound covered with snow as well. you drive through certain neighborhoods on staten island and this is the scene. you have stranded cars covered be snow, power lines covered with snow as well. half a foot of snow fell onto parts of staten island. the rain started falling about 11:00 yesterday morning. we were here for that. the snow started falling shortly thereafter. it continued to fall through the night and ending very early this morning. it covered downed power lines, also the cars that were damaged by floodwaters. then even more people lost electricity. approximately 14,000 utility customers have no electricity. that supp from 9,400 as staten islanders have been trying to recover. they've been cleaning up inside and outside of their homes if they even can be at their home. evacuation centers were made up and buses available. sanitation crews have been very busy, working around the clock picking up piles of d
to us. ohio at the center of the political universe. while this state may in fact be important, it wasn't the first to vote. for the first time ever and with its lowest turnout in almost 50 years, a tie this morning in tiny dixville notch. they cast five votes for barack obama, five for governor romney. a few hours south in manchester, the governor ends his campaign. these last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength of a real movement across this country. it's evident in the size of these crowds like this tonight. my goodness. [ applause ] and i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors who couldn't get in, too. >> after voting near boston this morning, the governor hits the road again, thanking campaign workers in pennsylvania and ohio, two key states he hopes to win. president obama wakes up this morning back home in chicago. he plans to continue an election day tradition. a game of basketball before watching results tonight. last night, his final campaign rally ever in iowa where he first won four years ago. >> as long as there's a child anywhere in
, including legend dick van dyke. >> every year there are more and more families. used to be just a bunch of old derelicts like me, and now a lot of families with a lot of kids. and they are getting more and more of them every year. so we're hoping things look up, but this makes my holiday for me. you've got a lot of love here. >>> very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> it's a black day across america, and retailers couldn't be happier. if you thought last year's black friday was insane, it is even crazier this year. nearly everywhere you look, it's all about the long lines and high demand. sale-driven shoppers who gave up part or all of their thanksgiving to camp out for hours weren't just waiting around for big deals today. some opened their doors last night. some as early as 8:00 p.m. the door-busting deals are a lifeline for those brick and mortar businesses banking on the nearly 1 out of 5 holiday shoppers who say they are taking full advantage of this year's head start on bargains. at stake, more than $500 billion. >>> and like those braving the crowds, we are ready
delay on a deal could ruin consumer confidence and hurt-day retail sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with all of those details. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, lynn. good morning, everyone. as we track negotiations over the next few weeks, keep in mind that the key sticking point seems to be how do you get people who earn over $250,000 to contribute more? limit their deductions? close loopholes? or raise their tax rates? today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new white house economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle-class family will owe uncle sam another $2,200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing that we can all agree on, that middle-class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans who have been dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it's tied to spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform that brudens the ba
a horrific week for the northeast. mid-atlantic states continue to unfold. 94 people confirmed dead in the u.s. from sandy. more than 4.5 million still don't have power. that's down from a high of about 8 million. some of the biggest cries for help are coming from new york's staten island where the superstorm has claimed at least 19 lives. among them, two little boys, brothers, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. their bodice weies were found i marsh on thursday. their mother's suv was washed out when rising waters engulfed their vehicle. people living on the island told nbc's ann curry support has been far too slow in coming. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here, and we need help immediately. >> well, fema teams did walk through staten island neighborhoods on thursday trying to make sure victims signed up for federal help. >>> elsewhere, the national guard handed out water, food, and diapers last night. 17 military aircraft arrived in new york state carrying power repair trucks from california. in virginia, the uss san
the trip report. one person said he has read it, then we try to get it and they tell us it hasn't been done. that's unacceptable. we're entitled to this trip report. if we have to go to the floor of the senate on a subpoena, we will do that. >> reporter: feinstein and michael rogers also want to know why the president didn't learn about the fbi investigation until last thursday and why they didn't learn until a day later, the day petraeus resigned. but eric canter learned tof it two weeks earlier. >>> washington lawmakers will be returning to the capitol this morning and will be buzzing about the petraeus and allen investigations. but they're also going to be faced with a much larger problem. we're talking about the trillion dollar fiscal cliff, which if not dealt with before the end of the year will impact everyone in america. so today president obama will be meeting with key labor and progressive leaders at the white house for the first in a series of high-profile economic talks he will be hosting this week. >>> to other news, from hurricane sandy and last week's nor'easter to spring-like
asia for a regional summit this opened the door to the first u.s. presidential visits to myanmar and cambodia. secretary of state hillary clinton was also there until just moments ago, when she departed for the middle east at the president's request. for more on that, political director and , chuck todd. >> reporter: it's fair to say the events in gaza have overshadowed what the president's been working on here in southeast asia. i can tell you this, last night cambodia time, the president was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning basically doing shuttle diplomacy first with egyptian president morsi and then netanyahu and then back on the phone with morsi. the reason there, obviously, talking to netanyahu getting a sense of what it would take to prevent him from doing the ground invasion into gaza. the talks with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contacts with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton i'm told by white house aides is neither an acknowledgment things are close neither do they feel things got
of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house reporter chuck todd has been traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. president obama is the first president to ever visit myanmar. i can tell you it's been a whirlwind day here for the president. the president got here, greeted by throngs of people of this country at times getting very close actually to the motorcade. the first thing he did after he met with the president is he went to nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi, who of course is the big democracy activist here in myanmar. the president was here and made the case why myanmar needs to continue its democratic reform and also told the story of the evolution of american democracy hoping it would serve as a model. here's a little bit of that speech. >> i stand before you today, the president of the most powerfu
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on the u.s. consulate in libya. however as brian mooar reports, her defense failed to convince her republican critics. >> reporter: embattled u.n. ambassador susan rice went to capitol hill to explain what they knew and now knows about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. but she failed to silence her republican critics. >> all i can tell you, that the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting the basic answer. >> reporter: rice was accompanied by acting cia director michael morell who helped explain the flawed talking points rice repeated in talk show appearances days after the libya attack. in a statement rice said we certainly wish we had perfect information, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. >> she said what she believed was true and she was under no political influence from the white house. >> reporter: republicans aren't buying that. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> reporter: rice is also defending her own potential nom
civilians. >> nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv with the very latest. martin, what's the latest? >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat, last night they are stressing they will do anything it takes to stop the palestinians from firing rockets into israel. overnight or last night rather 30,000 reserves were given a potential order to report for duty. overnight 16,000 soldiers were told, reserve soldiers were told to report to their units. they're going to join army units amassed on the border of gaza. tank transporters and personnel carriers, thousands of troops going towards the border with gaza ready for a ground invasion. as you suggested in your introduction, lynn, is it a show of force or is it the real thing? we don't know at this point. it's definitely partly a show of force but it could also equally well end in a ground invasion because israelis keep insisting whatever it takes they'll do in order to stop the rockets being fired from gaza. now, there was a temporary cease-fire in place this morning. israel agreed that while the eg
into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. nbc's martin fletcher joins us live with the details. martin, good morning to you. >> hi, veronica. you said it right in your headlines, the question about the cease-fire, will it hold, that is indeed the question. it went into force at 9:00 in the evening last night. 15 hours later, so far so good. there's been no violations of it. there were a couple sirens in israel and they were false alarms. there were great celebrations in gaza, celebrations by the palestinians what they perceive as their victory over israel. in israel, no such scenes at all. there was no celebrations at all. here, there's a sense there's nothing much to celebrate. even the defense minister said he expects it to be honored but could be a short term cease-fire. the israeli army is beginning a drawdown of its israel armed troops at the borders being slowly sent home over the next few days and waiting to see if the cease-fire does last. the schools have not yet resumed operation within the south. all schools within 25 kilometers of the gaza border last week have been closed and ma
in running. >> it was a test for both of us. but that was the foundation of our relationship. >>> facing the fiscal cliff, now, the president's week is packed with meetings about it. tomorrow and wednesday he'll talk with business leaders and labor representatives, in preparation of his first round of bipartisan talks with congressional leaders on friday. >> reporter: today, top democrats drew a hard line. it's higher taxes on the wealthy or the nation goes over the fiscal cliff. >> if the republicans will not agree with in a, we will reach a point at the end of this year where all the tax cuts expire. and we'll start over next year. >> reporter: this, as one influential conservative called on republicans to give ground. >> let's have a serious debate. let's not scream and yell. it won't hurt the company. half of them voted democratic and half of them live in hollywood. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner rejects any hike in tax rates. he would raise revenues by closing loopholes in the tax code. >> raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs that everyone say
voted to recognize palestine as a nonmember state. palestinians celebrated, but the u.s. says it's an obstacle to peace talks. nbc's danielle leigh joins us from washington with the details. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. a bit of a loss for israel. the vote feared to make palestine less likely to negotiate a peace deal directly with israel. the united nations overwhelmingly voted to upgrade palestine's status to a nonmember state, and that allows them to go after israel and international court which could delay or complicate any efforts at forming an agreement that forms two independent states of palestine and israel. ambassador susan rice said she was disappointed by the vote. the u.s. had threatened funding in the west bank in the hopes of preventing it. and rice says that the only way to truly form an independent state of palestine is through direct talks with israel, something the u.s. is committed to. despite those words, palestinians took to the streets celebrating what they consider a victory and a step toward their own independence. the r
. >> ayman mohyeldin, thank you very much. >>> we want to go to the mayor of jerusalem. he joins us live from jerusalem over the phone. we want to thank you for the time joining us. we just mentioned the secretary of stated spending there with prime minister netanyahu in jerusalem yet, working to broker some kind of a deal, a cease-fire. how confident are you that this can even happen? >> it's very clear that it's short-term since the leadership of the hamas believes, like osama bin laden and al qaeda in death and destruction and their charter is to destroy israel. it's difficult to broker a deal with somebody that wants to kill you and they're not changing their charter. the challenge here is how do we make sure the hamas leadership understands that their motivation should be zero, very negative motivation to try and shoot indiscriminate fire on israeli civilians. >> so how far are you prepared to go? if you're saying a cease-fire can't be agreed on if their motivation is anything but zero, how far are you prepared to go and are you prepared for the repercussions based on those actions? >> t
are voting for, your country needs you to do it. that does it for us tonight. rebuilding efforts are barely getting off the ground. a good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> very good morning to you. i'm veroni oonica de la cruz. >>> the latest polls show this is a neck and neck race accord together final pre-election nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, 48% of likely voters support president obama while close 47% favor governor mitt romney. the president holds the same narrow 48% to 47% edge among likely voters in virginia. mr. obama holds a slightly wider lead in florida with support from 49% of likely voters compared to romney's 47%. >>> and an all-important ohio, our poll shows president obama holds a six-point lead over his republican rival with 51% to romney's 45%. nbc's tracie potts is in cincinnati, ohio with details on the candidate's final frantic day of campaigning. good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. in ohio we are seeing that residents here are watching those polls. they know what the nation is saying about ohio. they are
a dill ohs and using them for political game. >>> right now on "first look," new details surrounding the scandal involving two u.s. generals and the women they were involved with. >>> president obama will face the media head on regarding petraeus and allen, as well as the nation's fiscal cliff. >>> and a tragic plane crash kills three pilots on their way to an faa safety conference. well, good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and today for the first time we expect to hear from president obama directly as his administration is rocked by scandals involving two of the men he counted on most, former cia director david petraeus and afghan war commander general john allen. well, the newest headlines in the investigation are creating even more of a tangled web. this morning "the wall street journal" reports general allen, who is now under investigation for e-mails between he and jill kelley of tampa, florida, is telling associates that he received an e-mail traced back to paula broadwell, the petraeus biographer accused of sending harassing e-mails to jill kelley. according to "the journa
'll be discussing details in the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya that resulted in the death of christopher stevens and three others. >>> also, the controversy over u.n. ambassador susan rice calling the assault spontaneous in september reached a boiling point. yesterday president obama and his first news conference since re-election exploded at republicans finger pointing over rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and besmir much her reputation is outrageous. >> earlier, senators mccain and graham slammed rice vowing to stop her rumored nomination as secretary of state. >> i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> we'll do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> all right. so back to petraeus. "the wall street journal" report
's start with the latest on sandy. 74 people in the u.s. are dead as a result of sandy. millions remain without power and recovery isn't coming nearly fast enough. new jersey is just one of the places there are major gasoline shortages. people are walking up with canisters trying to get fuel. further down the coast, take a look at these cars. they're all lined up for blocks if not miles. some people waited more than an hour for their chance to fill up. there is another big oil problem, it's a massive fuel leak at a tank facility. more than 300,000 gallons of diesel crude spilled into the water separating new jersey from staten island. containment boons are keeping the oil where it is. let's go to connecticut where these intense images are three mansions being burned to the ground as wind gusts fueled the flames. firefighters couldn't save the homes because of the intensity of the situation. you can see how bad it is. back to new jersey, 5% of hoboken remains underwater. the national guard arrived. the mayor is begging for more assistance. >> we need more food. we need more resources. so
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